Modern Triple crown not an impossibility
You can't believe what you hear in horse racing. Case in point, Bob Baffert, trainer of Kentucky Derby favorite Lookin at Lucky. After his horse drew the No. 1 position for the Derby, Baffert said, "He can't catch a break. ... Can we change the name?"
See, it's terrible to run from the rail; a horse can get caught in all kinds of traffic on the inside. In fact, only ... wait a sec ... actually, since 1900, 12 horses have won the Kentucky Derby from the No. 1 post, the MOST of any position.
Then there's this line you'll be hearing a lot of in the hours leading up to the Derby on Saturday: It's virtually impossible for a horse to win the Triple Crown these days. Today's thoroughbreds just can't take three races, at three different lengths (especially the mile-and-a-half long Belmont). After all, we haven't had a Triple Crown winner in 32 years.
Turns out, this conventional wisdom is also pure baloney.
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